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The Mortgage Gal

Steps to become mortgage free

Jan 24, 2009 / 5:00 am

If owning a home is most people""s dream, then don’t you think that should mean owning a home free and clear of any mortgage? Yes, this is a little more work...

Mortgage industry in the media

Jan 3, 2009 / 5:00 am

In recent weeks, there have been numerous articles in the national media on the state of the Canadian mortgage industry. Issues regarding the impact of longer...

Deck the halls

Dec 20, 2008 / 5:00 am

We all do a little more entertaining over the holiday season. And at this time of year, you want to offer your guests the warmest of holiday welcomes. This...

Mortgage insurance benefits

Nov 22, 2008 / 5:00 am

Homeownership on your terms. With the right preparation and resources, you can buy a home that best suits your lifestyle. Mortgage insurance provides you with...

Homeowner’s autumn checklist

Nov 8, 2008 / 5:00 am

Whatever the weatherman or the almanac says, we know that the warm season really ends with the changing of the clocks to mark the beginning of standard time...

Mortgage plain-talk

Oct 25, 2008 / 5:00 am

What’s the difference between “amortization” and “term”? There are many stresses associated with home buying – both financial and emotional. And...

Refinancing your mortgage

Oct 4, 2008 / 5:00 am

Many homeowners wished they’d asked more questions when they got their mortgage. They assume there’s nothing they can do until the mortgage matures. Not so....

Fast-track to mortgage free

Sep 6, 2008 / 5:00 am

Did you know that a mere $30 extra with each of your monthly mortgage payments could save you about $11,000 over the life of your mortgage? When you add it up...

Advantages of Home Equity

Aug 9, 2008 / 12:30 pm

After years of paying down your mortgage, you’ve built up a significant amount of equity in your home. Instead of using costly credit cards or high¬interest...

Cottage by the lake

Jul 5, 2008 / 5:00 am

As you breathe in that deep breath of fresh air you know you’ve found that idyllic spot where you’ve always dreamed of spending your golden years. It’s...

Protect against mortgage fraud

Jun 7, 2008 / 5:00 am

A home is the single largest purchase that most Canadians will make in their lifetime, yet many homeowners are unaware of the dangers posed by identity thieves...

Finding your mortgage fit

May 3, 2008 / 5:00 am

You step through the door and feel the exhilarating rush that tells you this is the one this is the house for you. You’ve decided on the house, but now you...

Your dream renovation

Apr 12, 2008 / 5:00 am

The lure of a stunning gourmet kitchen or sparkling spa-style bathroom may have you chomping at the bit to begin a home renovation. But if you heed the advice...

The right time to buy

Mar 15, 2008 / 5:00 am

When is the right time to buy real estate? Seek advice from a mortgage professional to evaluate your options As with every market, the real estate sector...

Self-employed get credit for experience

Jan 19, 2008 / 5:00 am

We’ve all heard the old stories. A successful, self-employed Canadian who can work wonders in his or her professional life can’t manage to secure a decent...

Self-employed enjoy mortgages designed for them

Nov 18, 2007 / 5:00 am

Ahh…it’s a favourite daydream of working Canadians: to go into business for yourself! For some Canadians who are self-employed, their situation is the...

Six Home-Inspection Myths

Sep 13, 2007 / 6:00 am

Having faulty or mis­guided beliefs about home-inspec­tion services can lead to poor buy­ing processes and final decisions. Dan Steward, president of Pillar...

Mortgage Plain Talk

Jul 4, 2007 / 6:00 am

There are many stresses associated with home buying – both financial and emotional. And frankly speaking, it doesn’t help that the process comes with its...

Purchasing Second Homes

Jun 8, 2007 / 9:50 am

More Canadians than ever are purchasing second homes. No longer the purview of the wealthy, second home ownership has gone mainstream. For many Canadians,...

How Green Is Your Garden?

May 22, 2007 / 11:00 am

Canadians love their gardens – whether that means a patch of grass and a few sturdy shrubs by the deck, or a full-scale, blowsy English garden of roses,...

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